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New Student Enrollment is an orientation program specifically focused on helping transfer students make the transition to life as a UNL student.

New Student Enrollment (NSE) is a required orientation and enrollment program for all new undergraduates. With the safety of new students and our campus community in mind, the NSE experience will be online for Spring 2021 admits.

Your NSE experience will have three required components, in this order:

  1. Pre-course registration tasks (Math Placement Exam, Advising Inventory, and Modern Language Placement Exam, if applicable).
  2. Virtual appointment with an academic advisor.
  3. Online orientation modules that cover campus systems, academics, student life, next steps and more.

Despite the change in how we host NSE, we’re still here to support you throughout the process of course enrollment and transitioning to campus.

You will still reserve an NSE date, but instead of coming to campus, your NSE date is the date when NSE staff will administratively initiate your course enrollment. Before your NSE date, you’ll have an individual virtual advising appointment with an academic advisor, and you’ll complete the pre-course enrollment tasks. The course list that your advisor submits to us for enrollment on or before your NSE date will be informed by your virtual advising appointment, degree requirements, pre-enrollment task results/responses, and course availability.

After our staff enrolls you in classes, you’ll complete online orientation modules so that you get all of the important information about student life that you would have received at in-person NSE.

Dates for NSE fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, and you’ll see the next available date specific to your college or major when you sign up for NSE in your MyRED account. The earliest possible date is October 22, and the latest date is January 21.

How to sign up for NSE

NSE reservations for Spring 2021 admits will be available starting September 16, 2020.

  1. Log in to MyRED▶.
  2. Click on the “Admissions” tab and then "Undergraduate applications.”
  3. Click on the New Student Enrollment Reservation.
    • Keep in mind that your $250 enrollment deposit fee must be paid before you will be able to sign up for NSE.
  4. Confirm your major and submit.
  5. On the next screen, you will see the next available Transfer NSE date for your college or major. That is the date when an academic advisor will review your file and submit a course list to NSE.
    • Please note that you do not need to do anything on your scheduled date, so it is not necessary for you to be available on the date you are assigned.
  6. Submit your reservation.

Other Details

Pre-Course Registration Tasks

Please make sure that you have all the following steps completed at least three days before your New Student Enrollment date.

Advising Inventory

You can use this document as a tool when completing your advising inventory. It contains helpful tips and information about the inventory.

The inventory is a series of questions about your academic experience, incoming credit, interests, goals and personal characteristics. Your advisor will review your inventory responses before creating your course list. The inventory must be done on a computer.

To complete the Advising Inventory, log into MyRED and under the “Admissions” tab, click “undergraduate application.”

Placement Exams

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam is required of ALL new students, regardless of previous math experience. Not all new students will take math in their first semester, but you must have an MPE score on file to get enrolled in first-semester courses. You can take the exam online a maximum of three times (once per 24 hours), and it must be completed on a computer. You can access a sample exam here.

Modern Language Placement Exam (if applicable)

Depending on your admit college or major, you may be required to take the language placement exam, which is offered online in Spanish, French and German.

Confirm Contact Information

Confirm that the phone number and email address listed in the “Profile” section of your MyRED account are accurate. A representative from your college will contact you to schedule a virtual advising conversation before your scheduled date.

If you are a student with a disability, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office at 402-472-3787 prior to your New Student Enrollment date. Communication with this office will allow us to identify individual needs and make arrangements to secure needed services.

Course Enrollment

Virtual Appointment with an Academic Advisor

A representative from your college will contact you directly via phone or email to schedule a virtual advising appointment. It is important that your contact information in your MyRED account is up to date and that you respond to the message about scheduling an appointment in a timely manner. The virtual appointment will occur before your scheduled NSE date so that your advisor can submit a course list to NSE on your NSE date.

During the virtual advising appointment, you and a professional academic advisor or faculty advisor will discuss requirements, course options, incoming credit, and more so that the advisor can create a course list for you.

Getting Enrolled in Classes

On your scheduled NSE date, the academic advisor with whom you had the virtual appointment will submit a course list to NSE. When creating the course list, they will take into account what you discussed during your virtual advising appointment, to the extent possible. However, please keep in mind that your course schedule will ultimately depend on course availability, course locations, requirements and other factors.

You do not need to do anything on your scheduled date. Our staff will enroll you within 7–10 business days after that date. You will not enroll yourself in first-semester classes. Please keep in mind that this process and timeline are based on the expectation that you complete all of the required pre-course registration tasks by your scheduled NSE date. If you do not, your advising and course enrollment will be delayed.

You will receive an email once you have been enrolled in courses. At that time, you’ll be able to review your course schedule in MyRED and can communicate with your advisor if you’d like to make any changes. After you’re enrolled, you will also receive information via email about accessing the required online orientation modules.

Special programs

Students who are in the following programs will have their academic file marked so that their advisor is aware of their involvement in these programs and so that their course schedule reflects program requirements: William H. Thompson Learning Community, Learning Communities, Athletics, Chancellor’s Leadership Class, Pepsi Scholars, Emerging Leaders, Honors Program, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA), Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS), ROTC, Raikes School of Computer Science and Management scholars, Student Support Services (SSS), Peer Connections, Teachers Scholars Academy, Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP), Women in Engineering (WIE), and military service members or dependents.

Online Orientation Modules

Canvas orientation course (required)

The student online orientation is hosted in Canvas, the university’s learning management system (think of it like an academic portal). Students can access the orientation after they’ve been enrolled in courses, and they are expected to complete the orientation course within two weeks of being enrolled.

The orientation is made up of modules, which contain informational pages that introduce students to resources, strategies, and departments related to academic success, life as a Husker, paying for college, and next steps. Students navigate through the pages sequentially and complete a short quiz after each module. All four modules combined take about 1.5 hours to complete in one sitting.

Students will receive an instructional email for the orientation after they’ve been enrolled in courses. To access the orientation course, students must configure their Canvas password.

Live webinars

NSE has partnered with campus colleagues to create a series of live webinars, which are open to students, parents, and family members, to supplement the online orientation course. These webinars cover topics that typically would be featured at in-person NSE. Hosts will address frequently asked questions and answer live questions submitted by participants. Check out our webinars page for more details.

After Course Enrollment

Check out this comprehensive checklist for all the items to complete after NSE.

NCard application

The NCard will be your campus ID card. You are required to submit an NCard application and upload a photo. You will need a government-issued ID (typically a driver’s license) to pick up your card on campus in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R Street. After you submit your application, you’ll get an email from the NCard office with pickup instructions. If you’re not in Lincoln, you can pick up your card when you arrive on campus.

New Student Health Requirement

All new students are required to provide immunization records. Learn more about the New Student Health Requirement here.

Students who are 18 should have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form to expedite care at the University Health Center. Please bring the completed form with you when you arrive on campus. Students who are 17 should wait until their eighteenth birthday to have their parent or guardian complete and notarize the Power of Attorney Form. Students who are 19 or older do not need to submit the Power of Attorney form.

Duo setup

Register for Two-Factor Authentication to access your university accounts. After you're enrolled in courses, the next time you log in to MyRed, Canvas, or Huskers email, you'll be prompted to protect your accounts. Find a step-by-step guide at

Huskers email

Log in to your Huskers email at You’ll use your MyUNL account ID plus to log in (example: To find your MyUNL ID, follow these instructions.

Campus parking

Look through the comprehensive UNL parking guide, and access the portal to order your permit.

Academic support

Familiarize yourself with all of the academic support provided by the Center for Academic Success and Transitions (CAST). CAST staff help students with time management, note-taking, free tutoring, study strategies and more. Find a list of subject-specific academic resource centers around campus here.

Campus jobs

Access Handshake, the UNL jobs platform, to start looking for on-campus work opportunities, internships and events.